Mountain Stone House is a reuse and restoration project of two old farm buildings by Vudafieri Saverino Partners. These buildings are two traditional Italian stone buildings that sit in a small mountain village in northern Italy. Completed in 2015, this restoration project also adds three interior elements that connected to each other.
This project transforms the existing traditional historical buildings with respect and also adapting them into contemporary use. The unique house is located in the middle of the 16th-century rural settlement of Crana, at the entrance of Val Bregaglia.
The first building is a semi-collapsed rural house that has a stable and barn with some problems of geological stability. The slope’s side has been secured and dug out with reinforced concrete structures. The original stone volume also has been restored with a philological approach.
On the ground floor of this rural house, a bedroom and a bathroom have been realized by the architect. A kitchen, living room, and a mezzanine area with space for two beds can be found on the upper floor of the house.
After the construction of the rural house finished, the client of this project bought an adjacent building that had good conditions for easy restoration. It is a new project that includes an aerial link between two volumes with a wood and glass bridge. These two buildings are united to create a unique articulated and distinguished living space.
Local traditions in terms of typologies, materials, and morphological aspects can be seen in the external architectural choices. In this reuse and restoration project, the main issue is how to transform a simple barn into a comfortable living place with high standards of energy performance.
On the facade, the only visible contemporary signs are the presence of two large fixed windows. These windows facing the East and South toward the beautiful landscape of the mountain. There are three interior elements inside that connected to each other: sunlight in the space, wood, and stunning views.
Mountain Stone House Gallery
Photographer: Paolo Valentini